Varney Anderson

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Varney Anderson
Varney Anderson.jpeg
Anderson with St. Paul of the Western Association
Born: (1866-06-18)June 18, 1866
Geneva, Illinois
Died: November 5, 1941(1941-11-05) (aged 75)
Rockford, Illinois
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 1, 1889, for the Indianapolis Hoosiers
Last MLB appearance
May 6, 1896, for the Washington Senators
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 9-20
Earned run average 6.16
Strikeouts 41

Varney Samuel "Varn" Anderson ((1866-06-18)June 18, 1866 – (1941-11-05)November 5, 1941) was a Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the Indianapolis Hoosiers and the Washington Senators.

Professional career[edit]

Early minor league years[edit]

Anderson played professionally at least as early as 1887 for the minor league Milwaukee Brewers. He split the 1888 season between the Minneapolis Millers and St. Paul Apostles of the Western Association.

Indianapolis Hoosiers[edit]

At the age of 23 years Anderson broke into the major leagues with the Indianapolis Hoosiers. In just one season, 1889, Anderson pitched just two games going 0-1 with three strikeouts with a 4.50 ERA in 12 innings pitched.

Washington Senators[edit]

In 1890 Anderson played and managed the non-affiliated Burlington Hawkeyes. For the next three seasons there is nor record of Anderson playing for any major league or minor league team. He finally joined the Washington Senators where in his first year, 1894, Anderson went 0-2 with three strikeouts and a 7.07 ERA in 14 innings pitched.

The next season, 1895, Anderson was used considerably more. He was primarily a starting pitcher but did make a few relief appearances. In 29 games, 25 starts, Anderson went 9-16 with 35 strikeouts, 18 complete games and a 5.86 ERA in 20423 innings pitched.

His final season with the Senators was in 1896. Anderson went 0-1 with a 13.00 ERA in only two games with nine innings pitched.

Anderson continued playing in the minors in 1897 and 1899 in Rockford, Illinois, and in 1898 for the Rock Island based in St. Joseph, Missouri.

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